Monday's NBA Capsules
Originally published November 16, 2010 at midnight, updated November 16, 2010 at 1:16 a.m.
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Terry scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper in the final minute, and the Dallas Mavericks handed the New Orleans Hornets their first loss of the season, 98-95 on Monday night.
New Orleans, which had been off to a franchise-best 8-0 start, got 22 points from Chris Paul, but only two came in the second half.
Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Mavericks stretch their winning streak to four games.
Peja Stojakovic added 17 points and Emeka Okafor pulled down 14 rebounds for New Orleans.
Thunder 115, Jazz 108
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook added 22 apiece, and Oklahoma City halted Utah’s five-game winning streak.
The Thunder avenged a 21-point home loss on Oct. 31.
Deron Williams, the Western Conference player of the week, had the Jazz up by as many as 12 points early as he hit his first six shots.
But his 31 points and 11 assists weren’t enough, as the Thunder made 33 of 34 from the free throw line, including 10 straight in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
The Jazz pulled within three points with 12 seconds left, but Durant made four straight free throws to end it.
Suns 100, Nuggets 94
PHOENIX (AP) — Hakim Warrick scored 21 points to lead a balanced attack, helping Phoenix overcome a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat Denver for the 12th straight time at home.
The Suns had a rough night from 3-point range, making just 4 of 20 after nearly breaking the NBA record with 22 in a win over the Lakers the day before. Phoenix also had a sloppy first half (at both ends), making up for it by putting six players in double figures. Steve Nash had 15 points and seven assists, and Channing Frye chipped in 15 points.
Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Denver, which hasn’t won in the desert since April 7, 2004.
Magic 89, Grizzlies 72
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dwight Howard had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Vince Carter scored 19 points and Orlando smothered Memphis defensively.
Jameer Nelson added 11 points and nine rebounds as the Magic built a 16-point lead, lost it, then went back ahead by 17 points in the fourth quarter to put away the game. They held the high-scoring Grizzlies to 36 percent shooting and their fewest points in a game in two seasons.
Marc Gasol had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Mike Conley scored 11 points in the Grizzlies’ third straight loss. Memphis entered the game averaging 104 points but could get nothing going offensively.
Bobcats 113, Timberwolves 110
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gerald Wallace scored 26 points, set a franchise record with 17 free throws made and had a key steal late as Charlotte rallied to beat Minnesota.
The Bobcats, who at 0-4 entered as the NBA’s only winless team at home, appeared finished when they trailed 107-99 with 2:08 left. But Wallace and Stephen Jackson, who also scored 26 points, led Charlotte’s comeback.
Wallace’s two free throws with 31.6 seconds left put Charlotte ahead to stay.
Michael Beasley scored 28 points, but had two key turnovers in the closing minutes. Kevin Love had 20 points and nine rebounds, returning to the game late after a scary fall.
Warriors 101, Pistons 97
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 24 of his 27 points in the first half and Golden State remained undefeated at home despite losing nearly all of a 32-point, first-half advantage against Detroit.
Stephen Curry added 21 points as the Warriors improved to 5-0 at home, their best start since winning their first six of the 1990-91 season. Dorell Wright had 16 points, Reggie Williams 14 and Dan Gadzuric had 11 rebounds.
Charlie Villanueva scored 18 points, one of six Pistons to reach double figures, as Detroit rushed back from the large deficit to draw within 98-96 with 14 seconds remaining.
Nets 110, Clippers 96
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 24 points, Travis Outlaw added 23 against his former team, and New Jersey overcame the second-quarter ejection of leading scorer Devin Harris to hand Los Angeles its sixth straight loss.
Harris had eight points and seven assists in 14 minutes before his sudden departure for the frightening Grade 2 flagrant foul the seventh-year point guard committed against standout rookie forward Blake Griffin by tackling him on a breakaway drive with 6:42 left in the second quarter and the Nets leading 38-27.
The injury-depleted Clippers, off to a 1-10 start and struggling badly without center Chris Kaman and point guard Baron Davis, got 30 points from shooting guard Eric Gordon in his second game back from a bruised left shoulder. Reserve guard Randy Foye missed his ninth straight game because of a left hamstring strain.
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